Maria Simonetti has had a long career as a public health professional and manager, covering community health support programs, health education in schools, community based organizations and hospitals, youth and professional development in health-related fields, and public health program design in multiple areas - nutrition, behavioral health, communications, sexuality, HIV/AIDS.
Maria designed health promotion and prevention programs in Westchester County, New York, with a focus on high-risk populations, and directed comprehensive sexuality education programs as well as programs promoting health, safety and wellness, covering many populations, from young children in school settings, to the elderly at senior centers county-wide.
She served on the Board of the Westchester County, New York, Youth Bureau, was Vice President of the Putnam County AIDS Task Force, and as a long term Community Partner for the Latino Providers of Northern Westchester, and the Chappaqua Coalition for Youth.
Maria was born in Tokyo, Japan, but spent most of her life and career in the Westchester, NY, area, and now looks forward to her new work with the Collins Center in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. When not working, Maria enjoys family time with son Michael, a college sophomore, travel, and hiking with her rescue Wonder Dog and close friend, Shepsula.